Hamilton Restaurant Opens in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner

September 27, 2018
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After building a dozen restaurants from the ground up, Greg Johnston has finally opened his own – Hamilton in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner.
Hamilton’s Executive Chef Paul Alphonse, formerly of Ocean Prime in Boston’s Seaport and MINA – Michael Mina’s residents’ restaurant at Millennium Tower – offers creative American eats, along with craft cocktails, and local beers, with a sharp eye on effortless service – laid back, but on point.
Alphonse’s inaugural menu includes fried buffalo cauliflower; blackened salmon taco; hangar steak frites; chicken and broccoli penne Alfredo; crispy quinoa and kale salad; Guinness-braised, bone-in, baby back rib; and a Beacon Street bacon burger of grass-fed beef, served with sharp cheddar, thick-cut bacon and herb mayonnaise on a toasted brioche bun.
In keeping with his commitment to the neighborhood, Alphonse sources as many ingredients as he can from Brookline businesses. Hamilton’s breads are from award-winning Clear Flour Bakery, desserts are from Party Favors Bakery, and as many vegetables as possible are purchased from the Coolidge Corner Farmers Market, located in the parking lot next to the restaurant.
The Hamilton bar playfully salutes the Founding Fathers with cocktails like the John Adams (Ketel One Citrus, Triple Sec, lemon juice, honey simple syrup, pink peppercorns), James Madison (Pama Pomegranate, Triple Eight Blueberry Vodka, Champagne), and Thomas Jefferson (Cucumber Vodka, Elderflower Liqueur, Sauvignon Blanc, lemon juice. There’s also a regionally focused beer list and a selection of domestically produced wines.
Meanwhile, Hamilton boasts a friendly, tavern-like atmosphere with a wall of windows that affords an indoor/outdoor al fresco dining experience, weather permitting. There’s a long, handmade wooden bar, a lounge area that’s perfect for casual drop-ins, a comfortable dining room and a private dining room with its own waterfall. There’s even a one-of-a-kind table created from actual wood used on the USS Constitution.
“We want Hamilton to be a family-friendly place where our Brookline neighbors (and beyond) can come when they are looking to relax and let someone else do the cooking,” Johnston said.
Hamilton is named in honor of Founding Father (and current Broadway musical sensation) Alexander Hamilton.
The restaurant is located at 1366 Beacon St. in Brookline. Call 617-232-0033, or visit www.hamiltonbrookline.com for more details.

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